Gene Smith's sink: a wide-angle view
An incisive biography of the prolific photo-essayist W. Eugene Smith
Famously unabashed, W. Eugene Smith was photography's most celebrated humanist. As a photo essayist at Life magazine in the 1940s and '50s, he established himself as an intimate chronicler of human culture. His photographs of war and disaster, villages and metropolises, doctors and midwives, revolutionized the role of images in journalism, transforming photography for decades to come.
When Smith died in 1978, he left behind eighteen dollars in the bank and forty-four thousand pounds of archives. He was only fifty-nine, but he was flat worn-out. His death certificate read "stroke," but, as was said of the immortal jazzman Charlie Parker, Smith died of "everything," from drug and alcohol benders to weeklong work sessions with no sleep.
Lured by the intoxicating trail of people that emerged from Smith's stupefying archive, Sam Stephenson began a quest to trace his footsteps. In Gene Smith's Sink , Stephenson merges traditional biography with rhythmic digressions to revive Smith's life and legacy. Traveling across twenty-nine states, Japan, and the Pacific, Stephenson profiles a lively cast of characters, including the playwright Tennessee Williams, to whom Smith likened himself; the avant-garde filmmaker Stan Brakhage, with whom he once shared a Swiss chalet; the artist Mary Frank, who was married to his friend Robert Frank; the jazz pianists Thelonious Monk and Sonny Clark, whosemusic was taped by Smith in his loft; and a series of obscure caregivers who helped keep Smith on his feet. The distillation of twenty years of research, Gene Smith's Sink is an unprecedented look into the photographer's potent legacy and the subjects around him.
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|display_description||"An incisive biography of the prolific photo-essayist W. Eugene Smith; In an interview with Philippe Halsman, W. Eugene Smith remarked: "I didn't write the rules, why should I follow them?" Famously unabashed, Smith is photography's most celebrated humanist. During his reign as a photo-essayist at Life magazine in the 1940s and 1950s, he established himself as an intimate chronicler of human culture. His photographs of jazz musicians, disasters, doctors, and midwives revolutionized the role that image-making played in journalism, transforming photography for decades to come. In 1997, lured by the intoxicating trail of people that emerged from Smith's stupefying archive, Sam Stephenson set out to research those who knew him from various angles. In Gene Smith's Sink, Stephenson revives Smith's life and legacy, merging traditional biography with highly untraditional digressions. Traveling across twenty-nine states, Japan, and the Pacific, Stephenson tracks down a lively cast of characters, including the playwright Tennessee Williams, to whom Smith likened himself; the avant-garde filmmaker Stan Brakhage, with whom he once shared a chalet; the artist Mary Frank, who was married to his friend Robert Frank; and Thelonious Monk and Sonny Clark, whom Smith recorded on surreptitious tapes. The result of twenty years of research, Gene Smith's Sink is an unprecedented look into the photographer's beguiling legacy and the subjects around him"--|
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|record_details||hoopla:MWT11944054|eAudiobook|Audio Books|Unabridged.|English|HighBridge,|2017.|1 online resource (1 audio file (5hr., 13 min.)) : digital., ils:.b14947067|Book|Books|First edition.|English|Farrar, Straus and Giroux,|2017.|x, 206 pages ; 22 cm.|
|subject_facet||Photojournalists -- United States -- Biography, Smith, W. Eugene, -- 1918-1978, Smith, W. Eugene, -- 1918-1978 -- Correspondence, Smith, W. Eugene, -- 1918-1978 -- Friends and associates|
|title_display||Gene Smith's sink : a wide-angle view|
|title_full||Gene Smith's sink : a wide-angle view / Sam Stephenson, Gene Smith's sink : a wide-angle view [electronic resource] / Sam Stephenson|
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|title_sub||a wide-angle view|
|topic_facet||Friends and associates, Photojournalists, Smith, W. Eugene|